Baker & McKenzie.Wong & Leow, member firm of Baker & McKenzie International in Singapore, has reinforced its capital markets offering with the addition of Chen Yih Pong as principal. He joined the firm on 16 October 2014 from WongPartnership where he was a partner in the capital markets group. Pong has around 12 years of experience and his areas of practice focus are in corporate finance, capital market transactions, such as IPOs, share placements, rights issue and other transactional and advisory matters involving listed companies. He regularly advises companies listed on the SGX on fund raisings and compliance with listing requirements and rules. Pong also advises investment banks as underwriters on capital markets transactions. He is admitted to the Singapore Bar.



Hogan Lovells has added Jeff Olson as a Vietnam corporate practice partner in its Ho Chi Minh office effective 15 October 2014. Olson, who joins from Allen & Overy in Vietnam, is US-qualified, having previously worked in New York until his move in 2012. He advises on a broad range of M&A (public and private), joint ventures, strategic investments, foreign direct investment, corporate and acquisition financing and general corporate matters. Olson’s client base is both domestic and global and he advises on both single jurisdiction and cross-border transactions in Asia and the US.



Hogan Lovells has also added leading energy partner Alex Cull into its global infrastructure, energy, resources and projects group effective 20 October 2014. Cull has been based in Asia for the past 15 years and will join from the Singapore office of Norton Rose Fulbright. He has a market leading practice focusing on project development, commercial operations, financings and corporate transactions in the oil and gas industry. He works for a wide range of clients along the full length of the petroleum value chain. High profile clients he has advised include BP, Gazprom, PETRONAS, Genting Energy and SK Group.


Kirkland & Ellis has added transactional lawyer Gary Li as a partner in the Hong Kong office. Li focuses on M&A and private equity transactions involving businesses in Asia. He has significant experience with leveraged buyouts, take-private transactions, PIPEs and growth equity investments. He joins from the Hong Kong office of Ropes & Gray, where he was a partner. Li has worked on some of the most challenging transactions in the region over the last few years representing top tier investment funds. Recent work includes advising Blackstone as lead investor in a consortium in the US$625 million going-private transaction of China-based Pactera Technology International Ltd, advising China Everbright as a member of the buyer consortium in the US$3.7 billion going-private of Focus Media Holdings, and advising TPG Capital on its US$100 million investment in Xinyuan Real Estate Co Ltd, a Beijing-based real estate developer. He holds a JD from the University of California and a BA from Peking University Law School. Subject to regulatory approval, Li will join the Hong Kong office this fall.

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